In September, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, spoke his mind to trust about enabling the company’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Now the Chief appears to have a change of heart after speaking about how the Redmond-based company will continue its path in the gaming industry even if the merger falls through.
In an interview on Thursday with CNBC, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella was asked direct questions about the company’s plans once the deal is closed. As in his previous appearances and statements, Nadella indicated how Microsoft intends to bring its services and products to different platforms in order to avoid adverse effects on competition in the market.
“Our whole goal is to provide more options for gamers to play [on every platform] and for publishers to have more competition,” Nadella said CNBC. “Microsoft is not a conglomerate, I want to be very clear. It’s not about some kind of gaming here and it’s about productivity.”
Nevertheless, after being asked if the merger wouldn’t become a reality, Nadella didn’t shy away from sharing his thoughts should such a possibility arise in the future.
“We’ve been gaming for decades,” said Nadella. “We will game in the future.”
While there’s only a slim chance of this situation happening, it’s hard to deny that Microsoft’s journey to close the deal seems like a long, bumpy road. Aside from the ongoing probes from regulators around the world (and the deeper investigation initiated by the EU), the real motive for the deal is now being questioned by a Swedish state pension fund that has filed a lawsuit. According to Sjunde AP-Fonden, the “hastily negotiatedThe undervalued $69 billion deal was made possible by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who was looking for a way to escape the liabilities caused by his scandalous leadership. Microsoft is also being sued for taking advantage of the gaming giant’s “weak and injured” condition. Then there is Sony who won’t just stop protesting the merger because of her Duty concerns.
In an interview with The edge, Microsoft Gaming CEO and Xbox leader Phil Spencer, who seems to be growing weary of Sony’s relentless objections, made another clear statement that Duty stays on PlayStation.
“It’s not about me pulling the rug under the legs of the PlayStation 7 at some point and it’s ‘ahaha, you just haven’t written the contract long enough’. There’s no contract that says forever,” said Spencer The edge. “The idea that we would write a contract that has the word forever I think is a bit silly, but to make a longer term commitment that Sony would be comfortable with, regulators would be comfortable with, I have no problem at all.”